PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, Man. – For the 45th time, Canada’s top Junior A teams have gathered, this year in Portage la Prairie, to battle for the National Junior A Championship, beginning Saturday, May 9. This year marks the first time Portage la Prairie has hosted the national championship.
The host Portage Terriers are joined by four regional representatives: the Carleton Place Canadians (East), Melfort Mustangs (West #2), Penticton Vees (West #1) and Soo Thunderbirds (Central).
The Terriers are looking to win the national title for the second time in their fifth appearance, adding to the Centennial Cup they won in 1973. A win would make the Terriers the first host team to win the RBC Cup since the Weyburn Red Wings in 2005, and just the seventh since the introduction of a host team in 1985.
The Canadians (runner-up in 2014), Vees (champions in 2012) and Thunderbirds (fourth place in 2012) are all in for the second time in recent years, while the Mustangs are making their first appearance since hosting the tournament in 1996.
The championship game will be held Sunday, May 17 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and will be shown on TSN/RDS, Hockey Canada’s official broadcasters (check your local listings). All preliminary round games and the semifinals can be seen live via FASTHockey webcast at www.hockeycanada.ca/rbccup.
Single-game tickets are now on sale; Preliminary round games involving the host Terriers are available for $20 per game, which non-Terriers preliminary round games are $15 each. Tickets to the semifinals and championship game are $25 each. For more information on tickets, including how to purchase, CLICK HERE.
During the 2015 RBC Cup, the Hockey Canada Century Tour will visit Portage la Prairie from May 9-17. As Hockey Canada celebrates its 100th anniversary, the Century Tour is travelling across the country, celebrating Canada’s game throughout the season with support from Heritage Canada, TELUS, Samsung, Canadian Tire and Respect Group.
The tour brings with it several interactive elements; from the Century Tour caravan powered by Samsung, to the TELUS Family Fan Zone and more, the tour has something for fans of all ages. At every stop, the Century Tour also honours a Canadian Tire Hero of Play, someone who has donated time and effort over several years back into their local hockey community.
For more information on the Century Tour, please visit www.hockeycanada.ca/centurytour.